Industry Founders

Our 12 industry founders are working alongside us to address our key research challenges. Each of these founding industrial collaborators has pledged time, expertise and funding and will work alongside our academic and clinical partners to shape research projects and deliver value from our research.

Ceramisys Ltd

Ceramisys is a leading international biomaterials manufacturer located in Sheffield, England, with its own portfolio of innovative bone grafts and implantable products for orthopaedic, dental and oculoplastic surgery

Corinthian Surgical Ltd

Corinthian was founded in 1997 by Hannah Fleming to market a unique bone cement for ear surgery developed especially for otology as part of a European project. It is their mission to develop innovative biomaterials that improves quality of life for both clinicians and patients.

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is the largest, most comprehensive orthopaedic and neurological business in the world, built upon the strong legacies of two great companies. DePuy Synthes Companies offer an unparalleled breadth and depth of technology, devices, services and programs in the areas of joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neurological, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials. Our broad array of inspired, innovative and high-quality offerings help advance the health and wellbeing of people around the world. The Joint Reconstruction business markets orthopaedic devices, solutions and supplies for hip, knee and extremity  reconstruction, in addition to cement and operating room products.

Eminate Ltd

Eminate Ltd is an IP development and commercialisation company that specialises in sourcing novel ideas for new products and services and turning them into commercial reality. The company reduces risk by developing early stage ideas in partnership with representative customers before exiting.  Their IP development process has already turned two novel ideas for sodium reduction ingredients into products that has been licensed to a FTSE100 company for global launch.

Fripp Design and Research is a fresh and dynamic product design, research and business consultancy. Fripp Design and Research has built up a reputation of delivering brief pushing innovative solutions for our clients; from inventors through to blue chip organisations such as Rolls Royce. Fripp Design and Research specialises in the commercial exploitation of Additive Manufacture/3D Printing technologies in a number of markets; including custom medical devices and custom consumer products. The company is based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield.

Glass Technology Services have been helping companies for over 50 years to design, manufacture and bring glass products to market. From one off projects to long-term consultancy contracts, the company’s team of leading technical experts provide a wide range of bespoke solutions covering all aspects of glass, including: new product development, melting, fitness for purpose, failure assessment, analysis and testing, environmental monitoring and even legal expert witness services.

JRI Orthopaedics Ltd

JRI Orthopaedics Ltd is a British manufacturer of orthopaedic implants and surgical instrumentation. The company was formed by Mr Ronald Furlong FRCS in 1970 and is renowned for the innovation of the Furlong® Hydroxyapatite Ceramic (H-A.C) Coated Total Hip Replacement (THR), which was the first H-A.C Coated THR in the world. Today, the Furlong® H-A.C Coated THR has achieved clinical success globally.

Materialise NV

Materialise are a global technology company that have pioneered the concept of “engineering on anatomy”. Materialise’s software and service solutions are powering new innovations in biomedical research, helping others make discoveries that save lives. Furthermore, they are taking patient-specific healthcare to new heights by working closely with surgeons for the planning and execution of complicated surgical procedures.

NetComposites Ltd

NetComposites provides research, consultancy, training and information services to the composite materials industry. Technology: NetComposites specialise in research, development, prototyping and testing of innovative composite materials and their associated manufacturing technologies in their 700 square metre development centre. The company has process equipment for compression moulding, prepregging, injection moulding, vacuum forming and resin infusion, as well as materials testing machines and component fabrication facilities. Insight: The company offer training courses, conferences, seminars and workshops on a broad range of composites topics. They also produce market reports, technology roadmaps, foresighting studies and best practice guides, and co-ordinate a number of industry networks including the Network Group for Composites in Construction and the East Midlands Composites Network. Information: Their website provides access to a wealth of composites information including technology guides, the latest industry news, an events calendar, a glossary, an industry directory and jobs listings. Each week they distribute a composites industry newsletter to more than 15,000 individuals. Store: The website also hosts their online store selling composites related books, DVDs and market reports


The NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU) is an NIHR funded centre of excellence for translational musculoskeletal research. As a partnership collaboration between the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and the University of Leeds, the LMBRU strives to deliver excellence in patient based research.

Promethean Particles Ltd

Promethean Particles is a spin-out company from The University of Nottingham based on the research of Professor Ed Lester. Promethean Particles design, develop and manufacture inorganic nanoparticle dispersions to our customer’s specifications. The company uses continuous hydrothermal synthesis to make the optimum product for each application and backs this up with large scale manufacturing capability (currently up to 10 tons per year with a 1000 TPA plant build underway).

Simpleware Ltd

Simpleware offers world-leading software and services for the conversion of 3D image data into high-quality CAD, Rapid Prototype, CFD and Finite Element models. Simpleware customers range from international blue chip corporations to research institutes and universities world-wide.

Simulation Solutions Ltd

Simulation Solutions’ business is built on the supply of both hardware and software-based solutions to address specific needs in the fields of Bioengineering. The range of Prosim bioengineering simulators are designed specifically for the intensive testing of orthopaedic devices and materials, including wear, fatigue and friction. The range includes simulators for the testing of hip implants, knee implants and total intervertebral disc implants.

Surgical Innovations Ltd

Surgical Innovations (SI) specialises in the design and manufacture of creative solutions for minimally invasive (‘keyhole’) surgery (MIS).
As well as manufacturing reusable and disposable medical devices for the laparoscopic surgery market, SI has pioneered its flagship Resposable® instrumentation combining both reusable and disposable components to deliver the high quality of a disposable device together with the cost-effectiveness of reusable, reducing cost per procedure by up to two thirds.